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11:00 pm or on our facebook or google plus pages and on twitter at ajconsiderthis, we'll see you next time. vitaly klitschko >> good evening, everyone. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler, in new york. arizona showdown. high stakes and emotion in the battle over a bill blasted at antigay - will it be signed for not. >> coming home. with the afghan security deal in lim limbo, president obama's plan to bring all troops out of the country by the end of the year. a big coin exchange
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vanishes, federal prosecutors are stepping in. >> i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this. >> plus, still mad as hell, the searing power of broadcast new, one with a prove si many believe has come true. the new look at the lasting impact. >> time is running out for arizona governor jan brewer, having until sunday to decide whether to sign into law or veto a bill described as bigotry. the bill written by a conservative advocacy group will let business owners deny service based on religious grounds. opponents say it masks the real purpose, to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
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governor breuer is facing pressure from within and outside the state, all unfolding in a midterm election year. >> the opposition has been loud at the state capital, where protesters said the legislation made the state look bad. >> i think other people are out of step with the people of arizona. >> opponents in the legislature described the bill as a trogan horse. >> it's discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. >> written by the christian religious organization basically says a person can deny service to a customer based on religious belief. >> if you have a wedding on a sabbath, you wouldn't have to serve them. if they said we want you to celebrate a same-sex commitment
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ceremony that they disagree with, they are not forced to do that. >> attending the governor's jan brewer has not made a decision. >> many ask if it relates what the state people think. >> is that a state that wanted a martin luther king holiday. >> if the bill becomes law there's a feeling that the state will lose business, particularly tourism. >> a customer said he'd cancel $10,000 worth of business if the bill becomes law. that's a small example. some asked what would happen if the fans stayed home rather than go to the phoenix stadium.
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this man has been printing signs saying it they are open to business for everyone. if the bill is vetoed, you are still opened for business. >> in the business-minded state support for the bill is crumbling. >> we are here to try to make this right and ask the governor to veto the bill. >> if the government veto, the damage may be done. >> joining us now is howard fisher, the chief correspondent in phoenix. do you think the people of arizona are focussing as much attention as those outside the state are on this issue? >> certainly the demonstrations have caused a big meedio furore. there's a lot of questions as to what the bill does. >> in arizona, unlike other
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states, while there are protections based on rarks religion -- race, religion, national origin, there's none on sexual orientation. so already a business can say, "i don't serve gays", this is deflated. does it grant protection for gays or businesses to go ahead and discriminate. i think what it has done is shined the light on the fact that arizona is a state that does not offer protection for gays. folks rallied around that saying "why not?" >> how has it hurt the state? >> arizona had a history of problems, whether it's pr problems or not. after the governor of arizona cancelled a holiday for reverent
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mart mart martin luther king, a lot pulled out. if it does not change the laws, it underscores the question of does arizona think of itself as a friendly state. does it see itself as a place welcoming to everyone. for a company like apple. apple decided to build a plant here with 1200 employees. they are a gay-friendly company. they may think "do we want to located a plant where some. our employees may not feel welcome" >> what does it say about the state legislature? >> it's a divided legislature. the folks that support it see it as protecting against religious discrimination, starting with a case in new mexico >> do they really think that or are they using it as an excuse.
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>> some fear what could happen. they fear religion as being under attack from the left. >> gay marriage in particular. >> gay memory, but arizona passed a constitutional amendment saying gays cannot marry in the state. nothing in the bill will change it. nothing will force anyone to serve gays or officiate at a gay wedding. this may be a solution in search of a problem. the governor is saying "i have businesses saying, "don't do this"." on the other hand what is the problem we are trying to solve. >> i was curious why us think the governor is taking so much time to make the decision. is it not clear? >> i think it's clear. there's a practical reason, and then there's a political one. the practical one is she got back from washington d.c.
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she'd been at the national governor's association and didn't want to focus on the issue. she got back, she'll sit with people like steve yarbro, listen and weigh it. i think she wants to appear to be - have deliberated carefully before making a decision. my guess is she will veto the bill, but doesn't want to do so without hearing all sides. >> howard fisher is on the ground in phoenix. we appreciate you sharing insight into the matter. thanks very much. >> president obama is ordering the u.s. military to prepare to take all troops out of afghanistan by the end of the this year. it's the response to afghan president's hamid karzai refusal to sign a security agreement. at the peak there was 100,000 u.s. troops on the ground. it stands at 35,000. let's go to mike viqueira at the white house.
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>> it's been a source of disagreement and tensions between the united states and hamid karzai, the president of afghanistan. back in december the united states government, the obama administration said you have to sign the agreement, a bsa, setting forth the parameters by which an international force would be left in afghanistan, after the u.s. combat was over. hamid karzai refused to sign it. the administration said "you have to sign it by the end of the year", he didn't. in january america said "you have to sign it within weeks", hamid karzai said wait until after the elections, then you can do it. >> the white house said it was not good enough and want it signed now. after president obama spoke with hamid karzai for the first time in months by telephone, the administration says they will wait those months, until after the elections in afghanistan. jay carney is the white house
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spokesman and how he described it. >> planning for a 2014 smaller troop presence, and in the president's view it is necessary to plan for the force against the clock here, in the sense the longer we go without a bsa, the smaller in smile and ambitious the mission would be. >> what is the role. u.s. troops after the combat role is over. it was described as straining and advising afghan forces and going after the remnants of core al qaeda. martin dempsey, the chairman of the joint chief of staffs arrived in afghanistan to talk to his counterparts. >> a different circumstance told by doctors without borders, about the lack of basic health service.
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the u.s. president dr dean has our first person report. >> doctors without borders has been in afghanistan continuously since 2009. we did a survey of 700 patients and families. we found that despite the news and the ongoing rhetoric that the conflict was winding down, that was, in fact, not the experience of the patients and their family. one in five had a family mem br or friend who -- member or friend who had died as a result of injuries and absence of access to health care. in a population that earns a dollar a day on health care, accessing health care in the private sector costs $40 a visit. we were hearing about people who were having to borrow money, sell their worldly goods to access health care. >> with the troops leaving afghanistan, the concern is what
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little interest there is focussed on afghanistan will shift. i was in afghanistan two weeks ago. we would see patient coming into the maternity hospital, after sitting at home following a delivery, bleeding to death, or wim own or people in -- women or people in labour that really needed to get to hospital went to a community health center, because that was closer to home and safer to access and was not able to receive care and would arrive in the wee hours, needing an emergency caesarian or having a ruptured uterize because they were not able to access care soon enough. these are sad stories, because there are huge amounts of financial aid and resources going into the country, and they
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are simply not used to meet the medical humanitarian needs of the population. >> from afghanistan we turn to ukraine and the fears after the revolution. the interim president fears the nation is splitting apart. the search is on for former president viktor yanukovych, now considered a fugitive, and there are protesters in eastern ukraine who support him. we have the story from nick schifrin. >> under the gaze of the man who founded the soviet union. ukraine's youth are playing an old game, with new rules. >> this is a pro-russian city. the teenagers know for the first time they don't need the government. they rally from behind. there were rumours the lenin statue was coming down, as it did in half-a-dozen other cities. they are ready to prevent that
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happening. >> this is our history. nobody can take - can destroy it. >> 17-year-old max says his heart is with russia, but knows ukraine's future is with the west, which he's not really against. >> great britain and, you know... >> the western dreams spur an older generation growing up soviet. the women gave max a ribbon, selt operating soviet -- celebrating soviet soldiers from world war ii. >> were you worried about approaching us? >> the woman calls over max demanding he tell her what he told us and she wagged her finger at me. she's worried i'm spreading anti-russian lies and worried that the younger generation is forgetting how much they owe to
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the soviet grandparents. >> do you think people are forgetting history? she agrees, but changes tense. >> they have already forgotten. it's hard to forget when the monument to soviet soldiers was 70 feet tall. this was ukraine's first capital. 65-year-old alexander brings his grand ston make sure he knows his history. >> in this matter the presence happiness as much as the past. "we should regard the history, but not be tied to it itself. >> this is where victoria comes in. she acknowledges that ukraine needs new leadership, but says the younger generation can bridge the divide, because she has lived on both sides. >> i live in west ukraine. i am ukraine. i am not from east, i am not
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from west. i'm ukraine. i don't want separate my country. >> they agree on their history and heroes. they honour the people who died last week in kiev. and here they honour the people who decide decade ago. >> this town is pro-russian, against what is happening in kiev. they will stop fort of advocating separation. they want to make sure they are repeated in a new government. >> growing tensions between the u.s. and venezuela, the u.s. state department is expelling three venezuelan diplomats. it's a response to what happened last week when the venezuela president nicolas maduro expelled three u.s. documents from caracas. nicolas maduro accused them of supporting plots to overthrow him. the white house said what is happening in venezuela should
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not. recent protests killed 13, injuring more. coming up, a twist in the medical mystery outside of california. what officials say about children stricken with polio-like symptoms. >> a californian couple hit the jackpot with a mega million zofr in their backyard. >> and race against time to stop a bacteria affecting america's citrus crops. a report on the disease coming up.
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>> an update on the children in california, who came down with a polio-like illness. health officials thought the cases were linked. now a twist. >> we have a situation where the californian department of public health is taking a conservative approach in relation to the 20 cases we are looking at. we see polio-like illnesses or an illness. you had stamford and uc doctors and researcheses saying they have been looking at the 20 case and think it's a mysterious virus and illness. that's the fine distinction,
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it's one illness or several illnesses that doctors can't diagnose. really it does underscore the problem with this. you have a situation where doctors can't diagnose or treat. the onset is fast. the jarveize family spoke about sophia, within 48 hours she had paralysis, and it can affect all four limbs. in all of this it's important to emphasise that doctors are looking at this, and it is rare at the moment. there's nothing like an outbreak. the main situation is they don't know what the disease is all about. >> we have all heard of bitcoin, or most of us have. it's a virtual currency growing in popularity. real money is being poured into it. bitcoin's future is up in the air as a leading player
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disappears. there are reports federal prosecutors are launching an investigation. more on that murky market situation. first this report. >> at-alex's nightclub he takes all major credit cards and cash, but prefers bitcoin. >> our processing takes a couple of days. with the bitcoin processing, we have a debit the next morning. >> it's a digital currency traded online. investors manage it through exchanges. the industry turned on its head when a company stopped trading. >> it's like a bank suddenly closing its doors without warning. if you log on to the website you'll see this statement saying it's shut down to protect users. >> that hasn't satisfied some customers, who travelled to the headquarters in tokyo to find where their money is. >> i have 111 bitcoins, which
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was worth around $300,000. it looks like it's disappeared. >> nearly 750,000 bitcoins are missing, worth $350 million. it's raising concerns for financial regulators. state security commissions are watching this. alabama warn that they are a high-risk investment. the disappearance has made the price volatile. they've lost two-thirds of their value in the last three months. that is not all bad. >> i'm almost happy, bitcoins are cheap. i can buy them. >> with a dozen customers using bitcoins, alex still banks on them. >> rob while is a reporter for business insider who has been offering the bitcoin industry.
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welcome. >> good to be with you. >> what impact does this have on the reputation of bitcoin? >> it's a tough blow. this is one of the first exchanges in the bitcoin world and became the world's largest, but, in fact, lots of people in the community are breathing a sigh of relief because the exchange has been experiencing problems. >> what about the people that lost money? >> yes, it's problematic for them, to say the least. it seems likely they won't get it back, which certainly affects the reputation of bitcoin in the main stream. >> millions and millions of dollars. do you think it's a viable currency? >> the core protocol an unaffected. it's been viewed as a bad actor. it can be useful in the long run. >> many of the supporters of bitcoin prays it because it was
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un -- praise it because it was unregulated. now, after this, there's a suggestion that it will be regulated more. why have it in the first place? >> that's a great question and a big debate. the decision ultimately comes down to whether bitcoin supporters want it to become a big widely used currency, for that, there'll have to be more regulation. it's something that bitcoin or liber at airian users will be expecting. >> is it the source or an idea that it could be - this virtual currency could be used in our society. >> it had its routes in the decentralized unregulated environment. that got off the ground. we are seeing wealthy investors turning it into something that can be more useful to invest in, as a way to create faster, more
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efficient transactions. >> i have to be honest with you. who would invest in bitcoin. why would they invest in bitcoin. i understand that price is low, currently. and the other problem was the price fluk twuted dramatically, right. >> four sure, and i would not recommend anyone invest in boit coin until there are regulations and until those are in place, and even then, there'll be a lot more mainstream more investment to come down the line before i recommend anyone get into this. >> how long do you think it will be before bitcoin gets back on track? >> i think it will be a couple of months. once we see regulations come online, superintendent lowsk. >> led the way, issuing
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licences. we'll see that, it will be a while before mainstream users will want to take a look. >> rob while, great to have you on the program. thanks for sharing your insight. >> from bitcoin to a different commodity. gold coins. a california couple walking their dog on their property found a rusty tin cannister poking out of the ground. there was more than one, each tin, more than 1400 rare gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894. the value estimated at $10 million. >> coming up, weight loss surprise. a stunning report on childhood obesity in america. >> personnel mission. we talk live with the star of "blood diamond", about uganda's
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. a lot to cover this half hour, including the dramatic downturn, obesity rates among young children cut in half in the past decade. what is working, what is not. >> i'm in florida, where there's a scourge turning oranges into this. it has growers in a panic and why some fears it could wipe out the citrus energy. >> life turning to art. after tv news trashed, how much is untrue. >> a game of poker unfolding. president obama ordered the pentagon to plan for the withdrawal of u.s. troops in afghanistan by the end of this year. it's the latest u.s. response to
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hamid karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement. the u.s. state department ordered three venezuela diplomats to leave the country in response to nicolas maduro's movements last week. >> arizona governor jan brewer has until saturday to decide on a bill some call antigay, allowing business owners to deny service to anyone based on religion group. it was passed by the legislature on thursday. >> to a story attracting nation-wide, world-wide attention, from uganda. as we've been telling you, an antigay bill sign understood law in uganda. this was the cover of a popular newspaper, permitting the names of the top 200 gays. it raised fears of antigay
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violence and a witch hunt. most gay people have started to fully uganda fearing for their lives. >> joining us from los angeles, is a uganda gay actor, known for his role in "blood diamond," and stars in a play examining homosexuality in uganda. thank you for being on the show. >> thank you for having me. >> what do you make of what is going on in your country in the last few days? >> it's harrowing. everyone is in shock. we didn't see this coming. the bill has been pending for years. so we are all in shock, waiting to see what will happen next, if they'll enforce it. >> you spent six months with gay leaders in uganda to prepare for the role.
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and what have you heard for the people and what are they doing about the bill? >> they've been working against the bill, to try to get it from being passed. >> i was in uganda when the bill was passed by the senate. we didn't think the president would sign it. but he has gone ahead and they are now trying to find a legal route to respond to this. the l.g.b.t. community when under attack went to the courts and won each case. when their rights have been violeted. >> you play a number of characters, including a transagenda woman. these are people you did research with. what sort of hardships do they face every day. ? >> it's a hardship walking out one's door. especially for the transgender
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community. they are folks that feel they identify with a gender different to what they are born with. those people are the ones most harassed, and i see you showing a clip of a gender gr - one of the sex workers interviewed for the peace, who was arrested when i was in uganda for walking to a store. people are facing harsh obstacles, and day-to-day activities. >> what impact did the newspaper article that named the top 200 gay people in uganda. what is it going to do to that country sf. >> well, if you recall, the rolling stone, not from the united states, but in uganda, did the same thing. they published, outed a picture of david cato. and he and several members took them to court and won the case that their rights were violated
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bit the publication. shortly after david kata was murdered. >> are people running out of the country as fast as they can. >> i think people are fighting, staying on the ground and fighting. this bill being signed is calling people to arms. it's forcing people against the wall and when one's back is against the wall, you fight or flight. >> we appreciate your time talking about this topic tonight. good luck with the play. thank you. >> it's been a pleasure. >> china is choking on smog. that's the assessment from the world health organisation. this is beijing today - what you can see of t. >> government advisors say they are looking at solutions to the problem. >> the crisis has been going on
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for six days, when you see the levels higher than you have seek in many, many months. this is what it will look lick. people are advised to stay inside or go outside wearing masks. the world health organisation has a level of 300 that is considered hazardous. 50 is considered safe. i want to show you this map. i want to go to beijing. these are the levels that they have picked out today. 575 over here. 524. that is 10 times over the safe level. that's not the worst. to the south-west, 847, unless 865 towards the west. it's so thick you can see it from space. here is where beijing is located, the mountains here, smog towards the mountains, surround the central and northern provinces, where
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industry is a major problem, and the only way to fix this is reduce industry in the area. short-term, weather wise, a body is coming through. it will clear the atmosphere but it will only be temporary. >> now to the fight against childhood obesity and a surprise from the center for disease chrome. a decline in children from 2-5. >> this is causing a stir from food professionals. we'll meet one who is amazed at what the survey shows. it's a federal survey, comprehensive, published in jama, the journal of the american medal association, an august body, so if they publish it, it means something. the survey shows the prevalence for obesity, when it was taken between 2003 and 2004 was 13.9%.
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when they took it between 2011 and "12 it dropped to 8.4%, the 40% drop, and a drop amaquarie bank 6 to 11-year-old's. tom freedon is the director of the c d.c. and said in a statement:. >> ellen is a sustainable food system activist based in los angeles, and she looked at the survey and said it was little short of incredible. >> what is amazing, it seems like some of the initiatives across the country to reduce childhood obesity are working. whether that's parents changing the way they buy and serve food or some early intervention programs, breastfeeding and the
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reduction of sugary drinks, they are working. it's great news for the whole country. >> too soon for a victory cheer because among teens, when they did it in 2003, it was 17.1%. in 2011/"12 it was 16.9. ellen is optimistic. >> it's a community effort. you have to get parents on board, access to education and the right food. you have to get kids to learn at a young age what eating habits are. it's hopeful that parents of young children are hearing the messages and stopping these things before they become a problem. >> the data was collected among a survey of 9,120 children and young adults. >> it's surprising given all the talk about obesity among
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children and young adults. >> an american citrus crop is being threatened, but not just by the weather. it's been found in six states, it's been devastating, costing billions of dollars. we have that story. >> with the sun rise comes a glass of orange juice for many of us. citrus growers are worried there'll come a time they can't keep the orange juice flowing. >> each day this man walks through his family's orange groves and his pessimism grows. he's a third generation - and all he sees is dead or dying trees. >> it's heart-breaking. it's like seeing someone you love sick. you come out, you do everything you know to do and your trees are sick and dying. >> the insects are decimating the industry. they spread citrus greening.
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it is killing trees from florida to texas and california. there's no cure, and researchers haven't found a way to control it. it's estimated that citrus greening affected 75% of trees, costing $4.5 billion, and 8,000 jobs. those estimates are a few years old. >> without a cure and a way to manage it, it's an existential threat to the industry. >> half the growers are small prigss. only large ones, like the hunt brothers will ultimately survive. >> at the citrus research and education center, researchers feel the panic and pain of the citrus growers, and the pressure of time. many know the citrus industry can't afford to wake years or
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solutions. some progress has been made. they have grown healthy trees. the research is in the experimental stage, but growers don't want to wait. >> they want to buy and plant them. >> it's indicative of the financiers that they are willing to take a risk. there's not of choice. >> inside the hunt brothers packing plant, it's too soon to know how many will shift this year. what steams -- seems to haunt them is whether they can survive the plague and pass the business on to a fourth generation. >> tomorrow look at how california's citrus farmers are turning to something else to stop from going bankrupt. tomorrow 11:00am pacific time.
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>> for many it's the responsibility of the younger generation to take care the elderly, following through with that can be a change to many working people. nursing homes are not always up to the task. melissa chan has more. >> on the weekend there's work for mary, looking after children, husband and her mother suffering from diabetes. together with her week-day job, she has a full plate. >> sometimes i am up at 2am, going back to sleep at 5:45. it's a lot of pressure. >> three generations living under the same roof, a typical arrangements for chinese families, rooted in confusion philosophy for many immigrating to the united states. >> your parents take care of
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you, so when you are older you return the favour, as a way of thanking them. >> maintaining the cultural mandate is difficult in homes where both partners work full-time jobs. on weekdays tru's mother goes to a senior center. many view it as a sign they have failed their family obligations. >> i think back to my own grandparents. they, too, were private individuals, close to the family, and to look to a community organization to supplement that was something they had to get used to. >> according to the department of health and human services, the number of elderly will grow to 7.6 mill won by 2050. as more asians age, some nursing homes and elderly care centres
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are tailoring the services to language and cultural needs, offering a bilingual staff and food they are familiar with. that made all the difference to 90-year-old woman, who would not have willingly moved from home. >> there is 24 hour service here. at home the family would have to higher two nurses to take care of me. i don't want to be a burden. >> participants play mahjong at a junior center built for chinese american. one small move meant to reassure those reluctant to spend time here. as more become available it will allow young asians to feel they can honour and care for their elders in a different way, outside their homes. >> at the time it was just a
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boxing match. when mohammed ali stunned sunny liston the ripple affect went far outside the ring. mark morgan is here with that. i remember listening to it on the radio when we were kids. >> he had influence well beyond his sport. not a lot of athletes can say that. since mohammed ali hung up his gloves boxing struggled to find an icon. it lies in the fact that no one dooumly kated the athletic skill, bravado and activism that created the 20th century's most recognisable icon. >> an iconic athlete, marsellis clay was cast as a mere mortal before a showdown against heavy wait champion sunny liston. >> everyone assumed if he got in there with someone with grit and
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might he would be a blit on the radar. liston was an intimidating boxer. clay was a 7-1 underdog. >> i gave him zero chance. i believe that the 7:1 odds were an underlay. i believe it should have been 50:1. so did the rest of the world. except for him. >> nicknamed the louisville lip, ali was never afraid to voice his opinion about his opponents or skill. he referred to liston as a big ugly bear, wearing a jacket saying bear hunter. >> he drove up in his box, marked mohammed ali. up to surfside where limit --
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liston training and saying, "big ugly bear, i'm going to name the bear", this was getting in liston's head. round 1, he charged and the mata door stopped him with a jab. he's half mata door. half kalishnikov. >> clay upset lift on -- liston in a stunning contact. 43 picked liston to win. >> i shocked the world. >> i shocked the world. >> clay's personality was not confined to the ring. after converting toest lamb he announced a new name, mohammed
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ali. three years later he began a different kind of fight when he refused to acknowledge military service. in 1967 he was found guilty of refusing to be inducted into the military. >> if they want to put me in gaol for not going in the army, that's their resume. i'll go gaol. i'm not fighting in the war. >> mohammed ali built a great history in the legacy of the sport. >> now the gloves ali used in the fight against liston sold for $836,000. >> coming up, picture of the day, plus network, the movie, the book on the oscar winner's lasting legacy, coming up.
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viktor yanukovych .
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conditions across the north are cold. temperatures below zero. we are talking in fargo, about 12, minneapolis, it's minus 6. it's not the worst of it. when you factor in the windchill this, is what it feels like on fingers, toes. minus 30. feels like minus 50 degrees. we have warnings for 10 dates and windchill advisories. it is a big problem. we are talking about winds, expected to kick in on wednesday afternoon, lasting through wednesday evening. as we look at the forecast. look at what the temperatures do. they go down to minus 5 on thursday, the high. overnight lows of minus 14. windchills will feel like minus 25. dangerous situation. that continues through sunday. we don't think we'll get a break. >> in california good news.
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rain is in the forecast. look at what we expect to see on friday. rain conditions excessive, anywhere from 4-6 inches of rain in many locations.
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>> i want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it and stick your head out and yell, "i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this any more." >> that is peter finch as renegade tv anchor howard bill in the movie "network", released 40 years ago. it endures in hollywood and news rooms. many believe it has as much to tell us now about the media. the movie is the subject of a fascinating book called mad as hell written by david itskov who joined me. i asked him how network news journalists reacted at the film at the time it was released.
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>> the business was scandalized by the film. details are fik tissues tv news operation in last place. willing to go any length to get attention. and the author was given access to news operations at c.b.s., n.b.c. and a.b.c. when writing and researching his stick. he didn't know what film he'd write. it turned out to be a black satire of news and media really was bother some to the industry. >> i want ... >> what was the impact of that speech, "i'm mad as hell and not going to take it any more", on society back then? >> it was two fold. "mad as hell" becomes a catch phrase. certainly in 1976 when the movie
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comes out, america is in tough spots. they are still recovering from watergate and the vietnam era, carter is getting into office. people are getting a lot of frustrations. the slogan speaks to the deep-seated anger that has been held back. >> i'm mad as hell, i'm not going take it. >> i think it was frustrating that the movie was reduced to one slogan. >> that is remarkable about the film. what does it mean today? >> i think it reads very differently than it did in 1976, where people who liked it were dismissive of it. this is a world that will not exist. now we can appreciate it in a different way, laugh in a gallow's hero, this was crying, "don't let the world turn out to be this way. it is the world we live in.
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we live in a media that is fragmented. we don't have the three network environment, we have choices of where we can get our information. there's a multitude of harold beals. >> this is mass madness, you maniacs. you people are the real thing, we are the illusion. >> do you see it as an indictment? right? an indictment of all that is television news. >> i don't think it has a lot of kind things to say about media. some days they may say, "yes this, is my prediction of what will happen to tv", others say it's a warning of what could happen. i think he believes strongly that there was a possibility for humanity to beredeem.
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he did not live long enough to see what happened. >> was he surprised by what it did become by the time 1981 came around? >> i think he passed away feeling alienated from his fellow man. as successful as this film was. he won on os-kerr for the script. he felt the messages were not widely received. >> i'm not sure that the world listened to his warnings. great to have you on the program. fascinating book. good to see you. mad as hell it's called. run out and get it. thank you so much. my pleasure. >> headlines are next.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. here are the top stories. [ chants ] >> arizona is divided over a bill that some say targets gay and lesbians, arizona governor
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jan breuer has until saturday to decide whether to veto or pass the bill, letting business owners deny service to anyone based on religious beliefs. it was written by a conservative add vo case group and passed by the legislature on thursday. >> president obama ordered the u.s. military to begin planning a full troop withdrawal from that country by the end of 2014. it's the latest u.s. response to hamid karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement, which would let several thousands troops stay in afghanistan. >> u.s. ex-pills three venezuelan documents. >> nicolas maduro accused them of supporting plots to overthrow him. 13 decide during anti-government protests. >> ukraine's parliament delayed
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until thursday the formation of a new government that was supposed to happen today. until there is a new government ukraine is not likely to receive international financial support. and former president viktor yanukovych is still on the run. those are the headlines. "america tonight" is next. on "america tonight," peril lies the medical mystery alarming parents. >> i saw her left hand mid grasp stop working. >> and puzzling doctors. >> our suspicion is that this is a virus, but that's unproven. >> a polio-like illness playing children leaving little hope of recovery. also tonight, it's considered one of the most dangerous jobs in america. caring for the elderly. in our special series aging america, a closer look at the courageous caretakers who aren't often well taken care of themselves. he